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Magnificent Guillaume Berleur D/B Flintlock gun

This is a really beautiful double barrel flintlock gun made by the famous Belgian gunmaker Guillaume Berleur.
Beleur was listed as a gunsmith and contractor ‘arquebusier et fournissieur’ in the Belgium arms hub of Liège from around 1780 to 1840. The reputation of Berleur was such that around 1800, it managed to get him to the Imperial Armoury at Versailles. There he worked directly under the most famous French gunmaker Nicholas Boutet. Some of the most lavish, highest quality and expensive guns ever made came from Versailles at that time.
The round Damascus twist .65 calibre barrels measure 34 ½ inches with the whole arm measuring about 50 inches.
The barrels are signed ‘Guillaume Berleur’ in large gold script, gold bands, gold floral motifs and gold touch holes. The barrel tang is finely engraved with gold sunburst and flowers.
The flat locks are engraved and have gold acorns to the tangs, the swan neck cocks have gold scrolls. The locks are also alternately signed ‘Guillaume’ and ‘Berleur’ in gold script. Naturally the touch holes are gold lined and so are the flash pans.
Both actions work as intended.
All the iron furniture is engraved, including the butt plate. The rammer thimble is embellished with a gold flower, the trigger guard with gold motifs and the butt tang with a gold stag.
The walnut stock with cheek rest is in good condition. The fore stock and wrist are highly chequered with brilliants. The wrist ends with an elaborately carved boar’s head.
There is a small 2cm piece of wood missing at the front of the left side lock and the brass tipped ebony rammer appears original to the gun but is missing about 2 inches.
A rare opportunity to won such a magnificent piece.
Sold as collector item only.
Price includes shipping in Australia, lay buy available.
Stock No. L41

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